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​​​​​​​​​​​​Democracy, especially local democracy, is essential. It provides the building blocks of society which make sure our loved ones are cared for, our children are educated and our neighbourhoods are safe and well-maintained. A vibrant local democracy needs the best people to represent your local community. It needs to deliver services which meet the needs of its citizens. Crucially, it needs citizens that are engaged and who are willing to play their part to influence change for their area if it’s to really thrive in an open and fair way. ​

Download Democracy poster (660kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window 

Find out about current committee vacancies for Independent Members​.

Constitution of Cardiff Council

This guide is designed to help you to understand how the Council works to deliver services in your area. It provides an overview of the Council’s constitution and explains key sections of the constitution in clear and simple language. It may also be of use to those organisations that work with the Council to deliver services in the Council’s area.

Download the constitution (305kb PDF).

Your elected councillors, 75 in total, serve you and your community and are respon​sible for areas of the city called wards, there are 29 in total.  It’s their role to represent you and your concerns and to lobby on your behalf.

You can email, write a letter or telephone your councillor​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window. Many of our members are also engaging on social media.

When you ask an Elected Councillor for help and assistance they will need to collect some information from you. This will generally include personal information such as your name, address and contact information together with details of your problem or concern. 

The law treats some types of personal information as ‘special’ because the information requires more protection due to its sensitivity. This includes information about racial or ethnic origin; sexuality and sexual life; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade union membership; political opinions; genetic and bio-metric data; physical or mental health; and criminal convictions and offences.  It will only be necessary to collect this type of information where it is relevant to the request you are making.  

The personal information you provide and Elected Councillors may receive from organisations or individuals in the course of enquiries, will only be used to progress the problem or concern you have raised. Your personal data will not be used in a way that goes beyond your reasonable expectations.

You may be asked to complete a Consent Form​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​ to confirm that you have asked your Councillor to assist you on a particular matter and for your personal data to be shared as necessary for that purpose.

There are r​egular public meetings including Council and Planning Committee (broadcasted live on our website via webcast​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window) and meetings of the Cab​inet and five topic related Scrutiny Committees (some of which may be broadcasted live). The agendas and papers, location and time of the meetings are published on our website​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

You can also subscribe to updates​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ including notifications when a new agenda is published and updates on specific local or policy issues you are interested in.

Read the multi-​​location meetings policy​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

You can access any of the public committee papers on your mobile device by downloading the Mod.Gov App. You can choose which committees you wish to subscribe to and the relevant papers are downloaded to your device when you are next online. Sign up to the app today​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.

We send out regular updates on our services, events and any consultations taking place. 

It’s well worth following us on Twitter​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window and liking our page on Facebook​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Many of your local councillors are also embracing social media channels. 

The hashtag #cdfcouncil​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window also captures regular debates taking place about local democracy in Cardiff. 

We regularly hold consultations on proposals that may affect you, your community and the services we provide. All of our consultations are widely available.

Individuals and representatives from schools and youth groups make up Cardiff Youth Council​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Two members get elected as Members of Youth Parliament. 

Three ‘Grand Council’ meetings are held every year in City Hall. 

You can find out more on the Cardiff Youth Service Facebook page​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window or Twitter​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.

The Council welcomes petitions and we recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Petitions can be presented to a meeting of the Full Council and Planning and Licensing Committees.

To submit your petition at Full Council please contact your Local Councillor who can present it on your behalf, or for any other petition contact 

Cardiff Council Petition Scheme 2022​​

If you live or work in Cardiff and have a question to submit concerning something that matters to you and your community you can ask a public question at a Full Council meeting. You can ask one question per meeting and up to two in any one municipal year.​

To ask a public question please email or write to Cardiff Council Democratic Services, Room 286, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf,

Cardiff CF10 4UW.

​Scrutiny committee members are Councillors who do not hold Cabinet positions within the Council.

They monitor the Council's performance and investigate areas of concern. They also hold to account Council decision takers and examine proposed strategies and policies.

They check, and report on all areas of the Council's work, including partnership work.

Scrutiny committee members want to hear your thoughts and concerns on topics.

More information on scrutiny.​

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